The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster for the entertainment industry. From bringing productions to a screeching halt to the closing down of theaters across the globe, the movie industry has been hit particularly hard by the epidemic. With the year 2020 officially getting not a single release from Marvel Studios, comic book fans have been left dismayed. However, Wonder Woman 1984 has become the surprising savior with its unexpected release date being confirmed by Warner Bros.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be available on HBO Max for a month, then the film will leave the service and continue to play in theaters.
After that, the film will become available for purchase via video on demand, etc. https://t.co/lv3WLyK4lk
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) November 19, 2020
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 is the highly anticipated sequel to the universally acclaimed Wonder Woman (2017). Starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984 is one of the biggest comic book movie releases that has been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. Originally planned to be released back on December 13, 2019, the movie faced a series of delays and was pushed to a summer release of June 5, 2020. However, the pandemic forced theaters to shut down all across the globe, further delaying the release of the movie.
As the debate of releasing mega-budget movies on streaming platforms still rages on, Warner Bros. has finally made a bold decision to release the DC sequel on HBO Max this Christmas. The movie will also be released in a few selected theaters on the same date.
Earlier, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi flick Tenet was released in selected theaters resulting in a lukewarm box-office collection. While AT&T CEO John Stankey had made the decision to not release Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max, present conditions have finally forced Warner Bros. to go for the streaming approach.
With most major releases of 2020 being pushed to an early or mid-2021 release date, Wonder Woman 1984 would have had faced tough competition in box-office collections, if Warner Bros. would have stuck with their earlier stance. From Sony Picture’s No Time To Die to Marvel Studios’ Eternals, 2021 is going to be a highly competitive year for major studio houses. Releasing on HBO Max definitely is a prudent move as the future still lies uncertain.